Mountain Biking is Good for Our Youth

Engaging in regular physical activity is good for both the physical and mental health of our children. Most people don’t realize that unhealthy lifestyle habits set our kids up for chronic disease as they age. Large amounts of sedentary time during the younger years doesn’t provide an invigorating, motivating or challenging…

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Cardiovascular Adaptations to Exercise and the Athlete EKG

Exercise is great for your heart – this we know. Endurance athletes, such as cyclists, runners and rowers, undergo higher amounts of cardiac remodeling than many other types of athletes. It is a necessary adaptation to the demands placed on their bodies. The heart is responsible for nutrient and oxygen…

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Crank Up the Tunes! How Music Enhances Performance

A wealth of scientific study supports the claim that music enhances performance, having a beneficial influence on mental and physiological outcomes during exercise. What is even more interesting is they type of music you choose – fast paced metal or slower, calm jazz – can affect your body in different…

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24-Hours in the Old Pueblo: A Photo Essay

I had a great time at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, and that’s most certainly an understatement. Albeit my first experience at the event (and second mountain bike endurance race ever), I was fortunate enough to learn some preparatory tricks from two, 24HOP seasoned individuals: My husband who’s…

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Construction Zone Racing: The Team Life

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of a team? Do you already know? In January 2017, I had the ability to attend a mountain bike training camp. Construction Zone Racing, coached by Tenac Championship Coaching, is a men and women’s professional/amateur mountain bike team…

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“Gluten Free” Won’t Make You Faster!

For those without clinically-diagnosed celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), going gluten-free may not exactly be the most healthy decision. This statement is supported by research, even though many “gluten-free-ers” refuse to believe it. Fad diets, like this one, can become so engrained for some, they are akin to…

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Mountain Biking is Good for Your Heart!

More words on Singletracks.com (I love writing for them!) The cardiovascular improvements associated with exercise are well-known, but what exactly are they, and what makes them so beneficial? In this fun article, I dive into the mechanisms behind the effects of mountain biking on heart health. Cheers! Mountain Biking: It’s Good…

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Antioxidants and Training: Friend or Faux?

What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about antioxidants? Probably something along the lines of… beneficial, healthy and great for longevity. These powerful little protectors of cellular structure and function play an important role in physical well-being, especially when obtained naturally from foods such as berries and…

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Thermoregulation, Part II: Training in the Cold

Corey Duren climbing Mt Shasta

truPhys previously published a comprehensive article discussing the mechanisms behind physiological body temperature maintenance, the positives and negatives of training in hot environments, and how carefully doing so can benefit performance.  But what about the winter months? Unless you live south of the equator in a country such as New…

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